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Muslims celebrate Eid-e-Milad today amid high security

15 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) will be observed with religious reverence across the country today (Tuesday).

Muslims in all the four provinces of the country will take out processions on the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Seerat conferences will be organised at both federal and provincial levels where religious scholars and intellectuals would shed light on Prophet Muhammad's life, sayings, teachings and philosophies. Naat and holy Quran recitation competitions will be held, and prizes would be distributed among people who perform outstandingly in the abovestated disciplines.

Donations will be made to charities, while food and sweets will be distributed among the poor and the needy. Moreover, contributions would be made to support orphanages, asylums for the physically and mentally challenged, and widows. Special prayers would be offered at mosques. Religious leaders and scholars would deliver sermons on the Holy Prophet's (PBUH) teachings. Stories and incidents from his life, such as forgiveness, kindheartedness, bravery, wisdom, honesty, and peace lovingness, would be quoted.

Miladun Nabi (PBUH) congregations, rallies and processions will also be held in major cities across Pakistan. These processions usually start from a central location (central mosques or locations of public prominence), pass through designated routes, and end at the starting point. The first public celebrations of Miladun Nabi (PBUH) occurred in Egypt towards the end of the 11th century.

Green-coloured flags are often seen during Miladun Nabi (PBUH) processions, on shrines and mosques. Green is a colour associated with the Prophet (PBUH) as being one of his favourite colours. It is said that the Prophet (PBUH) chose a green-coloured flag to represent the Islamic republic during his life. Candles and oil lamps are lit on the eve of 12 Rabiul Awwal to welcome the Prophet's arrival and to celebrate his birth. Foolproof security measures have been made on the routes of Milad processions which will be taken out in different cities to mark the day.

All necessary preparations have been finalised to celebrate the birth anniversary of the holy Prophet (PBUH). People including women and children are purchasing banners, badges, stickers and flags inscribed with the slogans paying respect and reverence to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) from stalls set up at different areas here. Mosques, homes, buildings and plazas have been decorated with colourful lights and buntings. Rallies and procession are being planned by different organisations to express devotion to the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Streets, localities and houses are being decorated in to mark the festivities in connection with the Eid Milad. Banners and billboards are being displayed at different entrance points of streets and main roads across the capital, while mosques, homes and plazas are being decorated with colourful lights and buntings. A number of programmes, including that of naat khawani, are being organised by different organisations to mark the day. Newspapers and magazines will publish special supplements, while television channels and radio stations would broadcast special programmes in connection with the 12th Rabiul Awwal.

Special programmes are being prepared for paying tribute and to highlight different aspects of the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Various social, cultural, educational institutions and religious organisations are finalising their programmes for celebrating Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) with religious fervour. The cultural organisations have planned special calligraphy exhibition and competitions of naat and qirat by involving students and youngsters to guide them about the significance of this day. An International Seerat Conference will be held on the occasion in the federal capital to highlight the life and achievements of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Meanwhile, Over 20,000 policemen and 8,000 Rangers personnel will be deployed in the city to provide security on the eve of Eid Miladun Nabi.

More than 290 processions will be taken out from three zones, while over 390 congregations will be held in several parts of the city.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh, Shahid Nadeem Baloch, said that specialised security units of police along with district and zonal policemen would also be deployed in the city to ensure peace on this occasion.

A total of 16,500 personnel would be deployed for the processions. They include deployment of 5,935 policemen in West zone; 8,875 in East zone and 1,625 in South zone.

Moreover, 5,000 extra policemen would be deployed for the central procession of Rabiul Awwal 12 and congregation at Nishtar Park. The central procession will pass through MA Jinnah Road.

Police have blocked roads leading to MA Jinnah Road with containers and buses, and cops would be deployed on rooftops. A camera surveillance system would also be installed at the central procession route. No vehicles would be allowed to enter the route of central procession, except for those with a security pass. Children and women would not be allowed to enter the central procession.

Meanwhile, the Bomb Disposal Squad has also been directed to sweep and scan the procession routes in order to avoid any untoward incident.

The IGP Sindh said that the ban on pillion riding and carrying licensed arms would remain enforced during the processions and no one would be allowed to violate it.

According to Rangers Spokesman Major Sibtain, around 8,000 Rangers personnel will be deployed in and around the central procession at Nishtar Park and its surrounding routes. He said that security measures were beefed up in the city to ensure peaceful passage of Rabiul Awwal 12. Sibtain said that other deployment would also be made for small processions in several parts of the city.

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